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Celebrating Christmas in India!

India is renowned as a multi-cultural nation and some 2.3% of the population are Christians.  Because of the size of the population, however, this still amounts to around 25 million people!

In India we do love a celebration and many non-Christians enthusiastically join in the festivities.  Shops and businesses gear up for the occasion well in advance and deck their premises with colourful ribbons and decorations.

The traditional Xmas is commonly found in homes and businesses.  Snow may be in short supply but the trees are decked with cotton wool to give a suitable effect.  Many schools stage nativity plays and smiling Santas can be spotted around the cities.

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Gordon Ramsey Insults all of South India!

I know Gordon Ramsey is not one to curry favour or mince his words but a recent tweet of his appears to have upset an entire country.

Ramsey invites people to send him photos and descriptions of dishes they create.  In turn he gives them a review which, it is hoped, is amusing but can also be quite scathing.

To this end a Twitter user known as Rameez submitted a picture of a dish called Medu Vada, a traditional breakfast meal comprising deep fried spiced lentils served with lentil curry and coconut chutney.  Rameez asked Ramsey to rate his dish and received the response “I didn’t think you can tweet from prison”.

Rameez appeared satisfied by the comment, responding that his “mission had been accomplished”.  Others, however, were far from amused.

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Indian Food Breaks the Rules – that’s Why it Tastes so Good!

I spotted an article recently about the theory of food pairing.  Originated by popular chef Heston Blumenthal and Francois Benzi, described as a ‘flavour chemist’, it argues that food with matching flavour molecules combine to make the tastiest food.

Apparently an average food ingredient contains some 50 matching flavour molecules while complex substances such as red wine may contain over a thousand.

It is argued that the two main factors that combine to produce a dish’s flavour are ingredients and technique.  Ingredients can be divided into two groups, ‘quiet’ ingredients such as butter, milk, paneer and rice and ‘loud’ ones which include chillies, horseradish, rosemary and tarragon.

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National Curry Week is Coming!

It is that time of year again when we can look forward to National Curry Week in the UK.  This year it falls between 9th and 15th October and celebrates its 20th anniversary.

National Curry Week has the obvious object of promoting the great variety and diversity of curry dishes available throughout the country.  People are encouraged to visit their local curry houses or make their own versions of the dish at home.

At the same time, the aim is to raise funds for various charities concerned primarily with battling hunger, poverty and malnutrition.  People are encouraged to join in, engaging with fun challenges and events, and making donations. 

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Combat Bowel Cancer with Hot Curries!

The Journal of Clinical Investigation has published a study which suggests that a chemical compound found in spicy curries can help prevent the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Capsaicin is what gives chilli peppers their heat.  In an experiment it was given to mice by scientists.  It triggered a pain receptor in cells in the lining of the intestines which resulted in a reaction reducing the likelihood of developing colorectal tumours.  In fact it was found to extend the life of the subject mice by up to 30%.

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